Flemish single-manual harpsichord after Joannes Ruckers, Antwerp 1627

(Original – Musikinstrumenten – Museum SIMPK / Berlín)

range (more extensive than the Original) FF – f3, transposing 415/440 Hz, 61+1 notes, stops 2×8′, lute, dimensions 219x93x27 cm, body limewood, bottom board spruce, sounding board Valle di Fiemme spruce, single-manual keyboard 61 notes – plumwood naturals, ebony-topped plumwood sharps, gilt metal rosette, wooden jacks with delrin plectra, red & yellow brass and soft iron wire strings

coloured and varnished finish, painted floral ring on sounding board, fully decorated sounding board – painted flowers, body decorated with marbling or ornaments

tuning key, folding stand with straight legs – natural waxed, folding stand with turned legs – natural waxed, folding stand with turned legs – coloured, fabric carrying case for the instrument, fabric carrying case for the stand

This single manual harpsichord with an extended keyboard is a very suitable instrument for the entire range of musical literature from High Renaissance to High Baroque, and particularly suitable for basso continuo, as well as for music composed in later periods. According to the performer’s skill this instrument may also be used for solo performance where a double-manual keyboard is not required. Although the structure of the instrument has been slightly modified, it has lost none of the brilliant, sparkling sound typical of the celebrated Ruckers-family workshop. Being fairly light, and hence easy to transport, this harpsichord is suitable both for chamber ensembles and for music schools. At the same time it is built with meticulous craftsmanship as a concert instrument fulfilling the performer’s highest expectations.